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Rosewater DIY! Do you use rosewater?

I made rosewater! Color me pink excited. The rose at my parents house were blooming, so I decided to try making rosewater, which the internet claims to be very easy. (I've no idea how big these pics are going to appear, so apologies in advance).

 

...and it is, but the first step is sooo tedious. You have to make sure to use rose without pesticides/chemicals, then wash all the dirt/bugs off the petal. It's like a mini-world between the layers of petals...dense miniture spiderwebs, giant ants, tiny green bugs that I wouldn't know were bugs until they moved, and dead bugs. You really have to wash the petals one by one, which take foreeeeeever. I would've given up if it didn't look so pretty and smells so heavenly.

Once they are washed, put then in a clean pot and cover with distilled water. Too much and you might dilute them, so just until it covers the petals. Then simmer until all the colors are gone:

The more fussy method is putting a bowl in the middle, invert the lid, and the condensation that drips into the bowl is the purest rosewater. I tried. Meh.

If you boil it too long, the rosewater become diluted and start losing its scent but it still works wonderfully on the skin. In any case, I put some in a toner bottle, then the rest in a spray bottle as a refresher for after exercise/on hot days:

I intend to use it as a toner, but the water actually left a purple stain on white napkin/bowls when it dries (washes off pretty easily) so now I'm hesitating about putting it on my face, but I poured 2 cups into the bath and I didn't come out purple/pink (feel like a princess, with the rosewater bath and petals floating on top <3). I finally tried it as toner on my skin, wiped on with cotton pad, and it left my skin hydrated but clean and SO VELVETY SOFT!!! Most rosewater toner sold in store have a water+glycerin base with rosewater added in, it makes your skin feel nowhere as good as pure rosewater.

 

With that said, it is kind of tedious to wash petals one by one. It's a fun (and very pretty/nicely scented) project if you've got time to spare. Since you washed it yourself, you can also use it in cooking if the recipe calls for it, but in terms of skincare, I might be too lazy for it....anyways, just a random share.

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Beautiful pictures!!! I've used Pure Moroccan Rosewater before as a toner and loved it! The Rosewater is so refreshing and lightly fragranted. I find it soothing and hydrating for my dry skin. Plus, my skin glows after I use it. Also, this was gentle enough for me to use underneath my eyes. I purchased from Amazon. Smiley Happy 

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ah speaking of rosewater and eyes. It's an awesome eyemask! I put my rosewater in the fridge, and when my eyes feel dry/hot/uncomfortable, I just soak a piece of Shiseido cotton in it and put it over my eyes, and lie down and just enjoy. Feels soooo cool and refreshing!

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DIY posts are amazing, thanks for sharing! Love it. Haha the wet rose petals remind me of ginger served with sushi. Now I'm craving nigiri! Nom nom nom

 

 

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Note of caution: PLEASE remember to use proper sanitation method for everything including the storage container, and it's best to store in the fridge. The rosewater I put in my Clinique toner bottle is fine even now after 2+ month. However, I left some of the water in a washed food bowl, but I guess there's still some oily spots in the crevice of the lid because after 2 month I found black/white slimey things on the lid.

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I want to make Rose water!! Every now and then i'm like hey, i'm bored maybe i should, then i forget and end up doing something else haha!

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I think about it too sometimes, and then I remember there are huge spiders living in the rose bush. NOPE. 

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This amuses me, because for the longest time I needed rosewater for a candy recipe, and the only type I could find was what's found in the cosmetic section.  Sorry, if you can't guarantee it's food-safe, I'm not eating it!  Smiley Very Happy

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